Assistant Chief La’Quaylin Parhm Mack made history as the first woman to rise through the ranks and be appointed as the Assistant Chief of Police for the Birmingham Police Department. Mack has served the citizens of Birmingham for 15 years and maintained an exemplary record of great leadership as well as a reputation for honesty, candor, and exceptional ethical conduct. In November 2021, Mayor Randall L. Woodfin appointed her as the Assistant Chief.
Mack began her career with the City of Birmingham as a Code Enforcement Inspector for the Department of Public Works (DPW) and later transferred to the police department. Throughout her law enforcement career, she has served in various assignments, including patrol at North Precinct, East Precinct, and South Precinct, police operations at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, and the Special Events Unit, where she utilized the Incident Command System to manage large events and critical incidents for the city. Mack was also assigned to the Community Services Division and played a key role in restructuring and managing the Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) and Internship Programs, which consist of more than 100 volunteers. She earned the Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) to demonstrate her commitment to excellent volunteer service. Recognized as a role model by others who aspire to achieve similar goals, Mack is committed to mentorship. To her credit, several Birmingham Police Officers started their career under her leadership. Most recently, she served as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police.
Furthermore, leveraging good judgment, strategic planning, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to promote vision, work ethic, and accountability, Mack is accredited as the Executive Liaison for the Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) project team. She oversees the RTCC’s daily operations, which have enhanced investigative measures and strengthened the Birmingham Police Department’s ability to combat violent crime. Mack has maintained a record of success in applying management, creativity, and analytical abilities to represent the interests of the Birmingham Police Department and the community.
In her current role, Mack is second in command and responsible for policy oversight, recruitment and retention, strategic planning, administering the multimillion-dollar fiscal budget, procurement, grant proposals, special projects, expanding the ecosystem in the Real Time Crime Center, and serving as the personnel officer for the police department.
As a lifelong supporter of continued learning and advancement, Mack earned her Master of Business Administration in Project Management from Columbia Southern University and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University. She also received numerous awards and accolades and completed several professional development programs, including the Personnel Board of Jefferson County 360 Degree Leader Program and the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award.
In September 2022, Mack was selected to participate in the highly competitive FBI National Academy (FBINA) in Quantico, VA. On December 8, 2022, she graduated from Session 284 and earned a graduate certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia. #YBR
Mack is an ardent advocate of transformational and servant leadership. Her faith is firmly rooted in God. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family, cooking, and reading books. She has a history of proven leadership, paving the way for others through mentorship, succession planning, and fostering an atmosphere of cooperation and trust. Mack is committed to improving employee wellness, boosting morale, and implementing effective processes to enhance efficiency, customer service, and overall safety for a better quality of life in the City of Birmingham.
Assistant Chief Mack honors and appreciates others who paved the way.